Brown returns to Oilers’ blue line

TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa Oilers, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets and AHL’s Manitoba Moose, announced the return of defenseman Dennis Brown, who becomes the club’s first player to sign on for the 2016-17 season.

The 26-year-old recorded 35 points (5g-30a) in 67 games last season and was named the team’s Defensive MVP in his first year in Tulsa. Brown led all Oilers blueliners in scoring, and finished the year 17th among ECHL defensemen. He recorded seven assists during a four-game point streak in November, which included a career-best three assists on Nov. 21 in a 6-1 win at Allen.

Brown has played his entire professional career under current Oilers’ Head Coach Jason Christie, having spent his first full ECHL season with the Ontario Reign in 2014-15. The Cypress, Calif. native played four years of college hockey for Western Michigan University from 2010-14, where he helped lead the Broncos to the CCHA conference championship his sophomore season in 2011-12.